What they can do shouldn't be punished just because others can't. I applaud their efforts and courage
This. Pretty unfair to call it a cheater route if the mando was satisified. Sounds more like he took the innovator route. Bonus points if it pissed anyone off!
No one has actually "cheated." Just not played the hole as it was intended. And yes, those that took the line up 11 several years ago to create a massive backup on 11, innovated how to play the hole. Funny thing is, the TD at the time was told, before the tournament, a mando should be put in place on 9. He kept to his stubborn ways and did not put up a mando. The rest is history There are still players that haven't returned to the wide open because of that debacle.
This year, making it around the mando and still getting to 11's fairway is brilliantly innovative. Yet again figuring out how to shorten the hole by taking advantage of the course. I always felt the mando was too close to the tee. There goes the proof.